I went to a baby shower on Saturday and when I go to an event bearing a gift, I love to go handmade all the way. It's been a while since I've posted here on my blog, but I'm trying to get back in the habit, so for this post, I have 4 different projects to show.
I recently got the Papillon Potpourri set and the Elegant Butterfly punch to match and CASEd this card from Wendy Fassbender to use at my Stamp Club last week. I tweaked the design just a bit but love her overall concept. Of course, I also adore anything in rainbow order so as soon as I saw her card, I was all over it. This made a great club project and was simple to prep for. Wendy used punches for her squares but since I don't have both sizes of the square punches, I just used my paper cutter and that worked just fine...and fast!
I had a plain white handled bag that I dressed up for the gifts I made. I went very simplistic with this due to time and also because I think that sometimes less is more.
I used the Elegant Butterfly punch to make a rainbow assortment of butterflies for both sides of the bag. For the clouds, I used the scallop circle punch and cut them in half. I folded the wings of the butterflies in and used a little bit of 2-Way glue on the middle of them to stick them to the bag. I love how they look like they're flying across the bags and fluttering their wings.
Aren't these little booties so adorable? I found the pattern for the booties in a local Ben Franklin's store and fell in love with them because they were so cute and because they were made with felt. Hand stitching on felt is one of my most favorite things to do. It's so therapeutic. The pattern calls for machine sewing the booties, but I love doing that blanket stitch and all the embroidery work. I used the Baskets & Blooms Big Shot die to cut out the little flowers and I hand cut the leaves.
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Class, To-Go Kit, Class Planner, Tutorial File & Finished Albums
A 20-page album in an 8x8" size, decorated and ready to put your photos in after the holidays. And there's many ways that you create your own Holiday Scrapbook-in-a-Day album no matter what your schedule is, no matter where you live! Read on for more details.
I've created 5 different ways that you can have your own Holiday Scrapbook-in-a-Day!
The winner of the Tutorial File is......Sandi Dailey!
WOW, looks awesome!! I'm not in a position to buy this class, but would love to win the blog candy. Love these colors!Sandi Dailey Posted by: Sandi Dailey | October 07, 2010 at 02:49 PM
Get a head start on your holiday memories!
You can get a good head start on putting your holiday memories in a beautiful keepsake album and I've made it super easy for you with my new Holiday Scrapbook-in-a-Day!
Using our new Candy Cane Christmas specialty paper, the Cute Christmas set and the Polka Dot Palette 8x8" album, the Scrapbook-in-a-Day is the perfect solution to creating a gorgeous album ready to put your photos in after the holidays, or even to give as a gift to loved ones.
Come to the Class in my Studio!
Seating is limited so don't wait to regsiter!
When: Saturday, October 23rd
Time: 10 am - 2 pm
Where: My Studio in Ferrsiburg
Cost: $60.00 per person
Please bring scissors and adhesive
REGISTRATION & CLASS FEE FOR CLASS DUE BY OCTOBER 11TH
Everything will be ready for you when you get here, including a light lunch!
All of your pieces will be pre-cut and ready to assemble your album during the class time. Not only will everything be prepped for you, but you'll also receive the Polka Dot Palette 8x8" album and an entire pack of the Candy Cane Christmas specialty paper to create your album with and plenty of paper left over to take home with you. Your class fee also includes cardstock and embellishments to add to your pages.
Scrapbook-in-a-Day Class - October 23rd - $60.00
Seating for this class is first paid, first reserved. Seating is limited so please register today!
* if you've registered for the In Studio class and can't attend for any reason, you'll still receive all of your supplies.
Scrapbook-in-a-Day To-Go Kit
If you can't make the class on the 23rd here at my studio, there's the option of purchasing a To-Go Kit so you can put your album together at home.
The Scrapbook-in-a-Day To-Go Kit includes:
Polka Dot Palette 8x8" album
Candy Cane Christmas specialty paper (cut and prepped for your album)
Cardstock and embellishments (cut and prepped)
CD tutorial with full color photos and instructions to put your album together
Everything will come prepped and ready for you to assemble your album, along with a CD tutorial showing you how to put your pages together.
You'll need to provide your own adhesive, a black ink pad and the Cute Christmas stamp set (optional). If you'd like to purchase this stamp set, you can order it directly on my Stampin' UP Website (use item #120825 for Clear Mount - $25.95 or item #121133 for Wood Mount - $18.95).
I've been busy with making holiday cards and I like to try out non-traditional color combinations. I like taking different shades of red and green and giving them a pop with another color. One of my favorite holiday color combos is Real Red, Certainly Celery and Bashful Blue.
I started my card with a base of Real Red cardstock and layered a piece of Certainly Celery on top. I then used a circle cutter to cut a partial circle out of Bashful Blue cardstock. I then ran that through my Big Shot die cutting machine with the Northern Flurry embossing folder (found in the Holiday Mini Catalog) and mounted that on top of my card front.
I know that snowflakes aren't red in real life, but one of the great things about making my own cards is that I can make my snowflakes any color I want them to be! I put a strip of Real Red cardstock through the Big Shot with the Northern Frost Decorative Strip (also found in the Holiday Mini Catalog).
Here's a hand tip: For those little pieces that you need to pop out of the snowflakes to get the detail, I like to use my Hobby Blade to remove them. I put my cutting mat underneath and simply pierce each little piece that needs to come out with the tip of my Hobby Blade. Easy peasy!
For the greeting, I stamped the "Happy Holidays" image from the Four the Holidays set on Whisper White cardstock with Basic Black ink and then cut it apart so that it would fit properly on the front of my card.
I think I might just have decided on my holiday cards this year! This is so easy and fast to make.
Can you believe that I forgot about my Dasher stamp? Considering that winter is coming soon and will be here a long time in northern Vermont, I try to hang on to the summer as long as I can, but recently, I was going through my stamp bins to reorganize them and picked out my Dasher image and got excited about it all over again. Just as excited as I was when I first realized it was in the catalog last year!
I went fairly simple with this card, but what really dresses it up is that beautiful dry embossing on the Old Olive cardstock.
I started off with a Real Red card base. I then ran a piece of Old Olive cardstock through my Big Shot die cutting machine inside the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder. The embossing folders give such a defined embossed detail. I added a strip of retired patterned paper from last year's catalog on top of the embossed cardstock.
I stamped the Dasher image on Very Vanilla cardstock with Really Red ink and applied some 2-way glue and Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the antlers. This was mounted on top of Real Red cardstock and then a layer of Chocolate Chip cardstock. I added a folded scrap of Chocolate Chip grosgrain behind the image and popped it up from the card front with pop-dots.
The greeting was done with Basic Brown ink and is from the Four the Holidays set and then cut the first word out and mounted it to Chocolate Chip cardstock and mounted it on top of the card front.
Quick and simple and a great card for quick holiday card making, Stamp-a-Stacks, workshops, classes, etc.
I have a "thing" for the Eiffel Tower. It's kind of like a "beacon of love" to me. A symbol of the city of love. I was privileged to see the tower and travel all the way to the top back in October of 2005. And of course, if there's a stamp set out there with the tower in it, I have to have it. The stamps used on this card come from the Artistic Etchings set.
Even though the course has already started, you can still get in on it and catch up or you can also purchase a Tutorial CD with all of the PDFs on it. Make sure to click HERE to get the details.
One of the things that I love to do with ornate images like the ones found in the Artistic Etchings set is to swipe my Creamy Caramel or Basic Brown ink pad around the edges. It gives such a nice vintage feeling to everything and softens up the edges a bit.
For my colors, I used More Mustard, Mellow Moss, Kraft and Rich Razzleberry cardstocks. This card only uses one color of ink: Basic Brown.
I'm definitely going to be using this stamp in upcoming scrapbook pages from our trip back in 2005. It's high time I scrapped those pages!
If you haven't yet played with the new Two-step Owl Punch, you are totally missing out! I've been having so much fun with this punch. The possibilities are endless and it's a great punch to have around if you have kids or grandkids around. They can dress their owls up however they like and have countless hours of fun.
I got the inspiration for this card from the Idea Book & Catalog. I tweaked the design a bit and changed colors and stamps. The Idea Book & Catalog is a great resource for ideas and if you don't already have a demonstrator and would like a FREE catalog, make sure you email me at email@example.com and I'll get one sent out to you!
I used Rich Razzleberry cardstock for my base and added a strip of Close to Cocoa cardstock along the bottom, which I stamped with one of the greetings from the Three Little Words set with Basic Brown ink. I also stamped the same image on a scrap of cardstock and cut it out to mount underneath the owls at the end.
I punched out the owl from Close to Cocoa cardstock and then punched the chest pieces from scraps of the retired Razzleberry Lemonade patterned paper and cut little Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry and Rich Razzleberry hearts to add to my card. The stems were cut from retired Kiwi Kiss cardstock. These punches are great ways to use up your scraps and retired papers and cardstock.
I used some scraps of Crushed Curry cardstock and punched them with the Scalloped Edge Border Punch and made them peek out from behind my Whisper White cardstock. I popped the owls up with Stampin' Dimensionals.
The only thing I would change now is to put some Pumpkin Pie cardstock underneath the eyes to show the beak of the owl a little better. But....I still think it turned out super-duper cute!
Oh....the 2-Way Glue Pen is fantastic for helping to glue down small pieces and intricate design pieces cut out of punches and the Big Shot.
I've got another fast and easy holiday card for you today. I'm using the same color combination as I did in yesterday's post, as I really love Not Quite Navy for holiday cards.
For this card, I used two new items that are coming out September 1st in the Holiday Mini Catalog (go to Stampin' UP's website on Sept. 1st to see it - it's AMAZING!). I used the Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (on pg. 26) to emboss a piece of Not Quite Navy cardstock and then swiped around the edges with White Craft ink for a frosty look. I mounted this on a piece of Whisper White cardstock as my card base.
I embossed one of the greetings from the Four the Holidays set with white embossing powder.
To create some extra dimension and some pop of color and contrast by die cutting some snowflakes using the new Northern Frost Decorative Strip in my Big Shot machine with some Whisper White cardstock.
This new decorative strip die includes 8 unique snowflakes of different sizes and look fantastic with colored, white, shimmery cardstocks and also from patterned papers!
I used an Hobby blade to pop out the small pieces inside the snowflakes but you can also use a stylus, as well. It's hard to see in this picture, but I went over each of the snowflakes with a 2-Way glue pen and then dusted them with Dazzling Diamonds glitter.
I mounted two of the snowflakes on top of my card with Stampin' Dimensionals, which gives the card a 3-D feel since two of the snowflakes are popped up, one is adhered flat to the card and then there is the texture of the embossed cardstock.
Lovely as a Tree has always been a favorite set of mine and I'm always so glad to see it carried over from catalog to catalog. It's one of those sets that I hope Stampin' Up never retires. It's great for so many seasons and occasions and makes for great masculine cards.
The image of the line of trees is what made me fall in love with this set in the first place. It makes for a wonderful holiday card.
I went very simple for this card and used a piece of Whisper White cardstock as my card base. I stamped my tree image on White cardstock with Not Quite Navy ink and then sponged some Bashful Blue over the trees. I touched up the trees and the grass with a 2-Way glue pen and then dusted Dazzling Diamonds glitter over it. I mounted all of this on top of Not Quite Navy cardstock and mounted it on my card base with Stampin' Dimensionals (aka: pop-dots).
I stamped one of the greetings from the Four the Holidays set with Not Quite Navy ink, along with a small image from the Lovely as a Tree set. This is a great card to get your holidays cards done quickly or if you're a demo and you're looking for a stamp-a-stack card design, as well as for upcoming workshops.
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Every now and then, I clean out my stamp
bins to make room for new supplies. Now that
my Open House has come and gone, I've just
updated my Retired Stamp list on my blog so
that those of you that couldn't make it to
the event can still purchase!
My sister and I both cleaned out our retired
sets and there's a huge pile...almost 40
stamp sets need good homes! There are
some brand new sets added to the list that
haven't even been mounted or used, but are
STILL marked down. Many other prices have
been reduced, as well.
Pictures included on the List!
I've included pictures of all the stamp
images on the list.
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any picture to bring up a window with a
larger view of the stamp images.
I'll be updating the list as stamps are sold.
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